We believe in a fair and inclusive Wine Society, where everyone feels a sense of belonging and has an equal chance to reach their potential. We also have a duty of care to all our people – which includes workers in our supply chain, members, Society employees and our local community.
That’s why we have developed a clear set of goals to build an equitable and inclusive culture, improve health and wellbeing and promote responsible drinking.
Our people are our greatest asset. We believe that when our colleagues feel healthy and well, they are better able to share the joy of good wine with members and deliver exceptional service.
With the recent pandemic bringing many social issues into sharp relief, we are currently evolving our approach to Health & Wellbeing and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion to ensure we continue to provide a fulfilling and supportive working culture. We will be launching our new plans and goals in 2023, after extensive consultation with colleagues and experts.
We want to encourage and challenge our suppliers to do the same for their people, since they are part of our success. We will use our supplier forum, being launched in 2024, to share best-practice guidance and success stories from across the industry to help other growers and producers increase diversity, inclusion and well-being in their businesses.
We will also continue to support our local community. From 2023 we will provide Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) training for up to 10 non-privileged individuals every two years. And from 2024, we will launch The Wine Society Mentorship Scheme in which we will take two people, who otherwise might not have had the chance to get into wine, into the business for a minimum of two years.
And while we’re keen to share the love of good wine, we’re also aware of the need to promote responsible drinking. By the end of 2022, we will highlight calorie/alcohol-unit information for our own-label wines, and by the end of 2023 we will provide a leading low/no-alcohol product range for members.
Finally, we want you to know that we aim to maintain a fair, inclusive and diverse Wine Society, one in which everybody feels they can be a part of it. If you love wine, The Society is for you, it’s as simple as that.